Saturday, August 3, 2013

No Slugging

“A grain in the balance will determine which individual shall live and which shall die -
which variety or species shall increase in number,
and which shall decrease, or finally become extinct.”
Charles Darwin
Cast you mind back; back before pop tarts, before Sense and Sensibility and before The Catholic Church was all over Galileo’s ass.  Then go farther back, but if you reach dinosaurs make a U turn ‘cause you are way too far back and we aren’t going to deal with saddle wearing, human carrying insanity today.

“We must have been hunters and gatherers but
some of us were just waiters and hopers.”  
Eddie Izzard
What we want is the little tribe of hunter gathers and more specifically, the 12 to 14 year old, rocking some animal skin, girls.  If the little tribe wants to survive, and most tribes appear to be on board with that, the new generation of 12 year old adults better have some mad skills and some kick butt memory. (Obviously, you say.  What is your point? Ah bear with me a moment.)

“A girl becomes an adult three years before her parents think she does,
and about two years after she thinks she does.” 
Lewis B. Hershey
So responsibility of growing up circa long time ago? Freaking listen to your elders. That’s about it. And then there is the hardwired component to discuss stuff so it’s shared, understood and retained. (You should not be downwind from a lion. Never eat that plant with the silver leaf. Don’t let anyone know your PIN.)

“Youth is that period when a young person knows everything
but how to make a living.”
Care Williams
Now, swing back around to today (So close to the point you can almost touch it!) At 12, retention of survival knowledge is negated by Wikipedia, mom and implementation societal structure.

“It's difficult to decide whether growing pains are
something teenagers have - or are.”
Author Unknown
So what, pray tell, fills the 12 to 14 year old female intracranial void for trivia, memorization, communication and mad skills? Well a partial answer at my house is “Slug Bug.” (The point at last! And it is Slug Bug? Are you kidding me?)

“To an adolescent,
there is nothing in the world more embarrassing than a parent.”
Dave Barry
I think it is an activity most are familiar with and most are smart enough not to play. I actually don’t know of any parent who runs to the car and yells, “Slug Bug! Whole family game rules, with special night bonus points!”

“Teenagers complain there's nothing to do,
then stay out all night doing it.” 
Bob Phillips
And it doesn’t stop there! Evidently, there is an entire litany of car types and colors that trigger responses that the kid knows.

“Maybe it’s just the genetic code of a teenager. 
If your parents forbid something,
you want to have it.”
Brynna Gabrielson  

After a few tolerant weeks, my daughter has been expressly banned from calling out cars while I drive.  But, sneaky little girl, she mumbles them and then inflicting a punch or pinch or whatever is the dole from the rules on herself.

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives,
nor the most intelligent that survives. 
It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”
Charles Darwin

The point being, we’ve come from listen to you elders, remember what they tell you and do what they say because it might just save you and your community from disaster, to “Tweeter!” and a self-inflicted pinch.  I’m thinking evolution was arrested somewhere down the line.

And no wonder I take forever to post.  Having the compulsive need to explore all the related minutia is not a timely thing.

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